Stockholm Weeklong Clashes With Police Subside, 20 Cars Burned

Stockholm’s suburbs experienced the calmest night since rioting started a week ago as extra police and volunteers patrolled affected neighborhoods.

About 20 cars were set on fire and a school and store in a southern suburb were vandalized, Stockholm police spokesman Kjell Lindgren said today by phone. Rocks were thrown at police in Vaarberg, south of Stockholm. Police arrested 32 people last night for “social unrest,” of which 11 were detained as a preventive measure.

“We think that we’re seeing a trend that’s heading back to normal, though we’re not there yet” Lindgren said.

The shooting of a 69-year-old local resident of Portuguese origin has been cited as reason for the riots by Megafonen, a group that claims to speak for inhabitants in Husby. Mats Lofven, Chief Commissioner of the Stockholm police, said May 24 that three types of individuals were involved in the riots: local youth, known criminals, and a small group of violent extreme-leftist “professional activists,” Svenska Dagbladet reported.

In Husby, where rioting started seven days ago, residents held a barbeque in front of a vandalized subway station entrance and put up a large TV screen showing the Champions League soccer finale between Bayern Muenchen and Borussia Dortmund, Dagens Nyheter reported.

Three cars belonging to the social services’ elderly care unit were set on fire in Lysekil, north of Gothenburg. Police said it was probably related to the events in Stockholm, state-run Sveriges Radio reported.

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